The Tokyo Quartet untangles Beethoven's complex Grosse Fuge at WQXR's Greene Space. Pete Checchia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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At age 85, conductor Pierre Boulez says he might start to cut back on concerts in favor of spending more time composing. courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc. hide caption

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Yes, even in the straight-laced world of classical music, one can find all manner of hoodwinking and horseplay. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Soprano Marlis Petersen, playing the part of Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas' opera Hamlet, stabs herself after being driven to madness by Hamlet's rejection. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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